Castles & Chateaux

Prague Castle The world's biggest ancient castle, and the cradle of Czech culture.

Archbishop's Chateau Kroměříž's Unesco World Heritage Site is a superbly preserved example of an 18th-century princely residence.

Hluboká Chateau An over-the-top confection of neo-Gothic frivolity modelled on England's Windsor Castle.

Český Krumlov State Castle An almost impossibly picturesque castle and its frescoed tower perched high above a medieval streetscape.

Telč Chateau A sumptuous Renaissance residence lodged amid beautiful tended gardens.

Karlštejn Castle The archetypal fairy-tale castle straight out of Hans Christian Andersen's imagination.

Lednice Chateau A massive neo-Gothic chateau with splendid interiors and extensive gardens.

Food & Wine

Taste of Prague Fantastic food tour of Prague's finest eating places, with a side of Czech history.

Mikulov Wine Trail Hop on a bike and explore the wineries of South Moravia on this waymarked and educational trail.

Třeboň's fish restaurants Třeboň is famous for its freshwater fish restaurants, where you can sample carp, pike, eel and other species.

Olomouc This provincial North Moravia town has an underrated restaurant scene and is famous for its smelly local cheese.

National Wine Centre The cellars of Valtice Chateau offer excellent wine-tasting sessions where you can learn all about Czech wines.

Museums

National Technical Museum This fascinating collection of planes, trains and automobiles is a dazzling presentation of the country's industrial heritage.

Czech Silver Museum Don a hard hat and overalls and join a guided tour of the old silver mines that lie beneath Kutná Hora's streets.

Museum of Romani Culture Artefacts, videos and musical recordings showcase the underappreciated culture of the Roma community.

Techmania Science Centre A former factory houses this family-friendly interactive science centre.

Marionette Museum The age-old Bohemian tradition of puppetry is lovingly documented in this museum in Český Krumlov.

South Bohemian Motorcycle Museum The former Czechoslovakia was famous for its Jawa motorbikes and there are plenty of vintage models on display here.

Beer

Pilsner Urquell Brewery This is the one that everyone wants to see, the place where pilsner-style lager was invented in 1842.

Staropramen Brewery Prague's only surviving large-scale brewery offers a tour that covers the century-old history of brewing on this site.

Brewery Museum Plzeň's brewery museum tells the tale of beer-making in Bohemia in the days before Pilsner Urquell was a thing.

Budweiser Budvar Brewery Fountainhead of the original Budweiser beer, and still wrangling over the name.

Chodovar Brewery Are they taking things too far? Not only can you sample the beer here, but you can soak away your aches and pains in a 'beer spa'.

Regent Brewery Visit the birthplace of South Bohemia's second-favourite beer (after Budvar).

Jewish Interest

Prague Jewish Museum This cluster of six monuments, plus a 13th-century synagogue, is a poignant monument to Prague's Jewish community.

New Jewish Cemetery This vast graveyard in Prague is most famous as the last resting place of writer Franz Kafka.

Terezín Former WWII concentration camp, and a sobering memorial to the horrors of the Holocaust.

Třebíč A Unesco World Heritage Site, Třebíč's old towns contain the best-preserved Jewish ghetto in Europe.

Great Synagogue Plzeň's great synagogue is the third-largest in the world, after Jerusalem and Budapest.

Mikulov Better known as the centre of Moravian wine country, Mikulov once had an important Jewish community.

Offbeat Attractions

Sedlec Ossuary One of the Czech Republic's best-known attractions, a church crypt housing artwork fashioned from thousands of human bones.

Znojmo Underground Explore parts of the 27km of manmade tunnels beneath the town, in places crawling on hands and knees.

Singing Fountain Coloured lights and orchestrated water spouts dance along to Celine Dion in Mariánské Lázně.

Underground Plzeň Once used for storing beer, these hand-excavated tunnels and chambers date back to the 14th century.

Graphite Mine A clanking electric train carries you deep into the subterranean world where pencil leads come from.

Capuchin Monastery The highlights of Brno's monastery tour are the desiccated corpses of 18th-century monks and abbots.